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September 16, 2011 / Christian Clansky

Who Are We? Where Are We? What is Our Name?

By Tamara Copeland, President (@WRAGprez)

“Greater Washington” says Jim Dinegar of the Greater Washington Board of Trade. “Ditto,” say Tim Kime of Leadership Greater Washington and Chuck Bean of the Nonprofit Roundtable of Greater Washington.

“Metropolitan Washington” says Dave Robertson of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments.

“National Capital Area” says Bill Hanbury of the United Way of the National Capital Area. “Not exactly,” says Terri Freeman of the Community Foundation for the National Capital Region.

And, overheard while my teenage son controlled the radio: “The DMV”? The District, Maryland and Virginia for those over age 17 not in the know.

So what is our name? The point is a serious one. If we can’t name it, we can’t claim it. Would a shared identity be an important step in moving us even closer to shared actions on behalf of our region? What do you think? What should be the name of OUR region?

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